Audi's R18 e-tron hybrid detailed

Audi has revealed the first picture and details of next year's R18 e-tron racer, ahead of its full reveal before the end of the year

Audi has released full details of next year’s R18 e-tron racer, which was tested for the first time at the Sebring race circuit in the USA. The car has been redesigned from the ground-up, featuring new technology to take advantage of the 2014 regulations.

Despite the similar looks, the car is actually all-new. It plays to the strengths of the new LMP1 regulations, which have been designed to achieve similar lap times while consuming less fuel.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Under the skin the new R18 gets a further development of the V6 TDI, which powers the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by a hybrid system, which Audi calls ERS-K (Energy Recovery System Kinetic). This is a regenerative system, which harvests kinetic energy from the braking system, as well as other areas.

Audi is also using a flywheel energy storage system, as well as a turbocharger that can harness excess boost pressure and turn it into yet more electric energy. The overall energy saving is supposed to be around 30 per cent over the last year’s car.  

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The new car is also slightly narrower than last year, and is significantly more aerodynamic despite some prohibitive rule changes to improve driver safety.

Replacing the current R18 will be no mean feat, as it has helped to maintain the team’s dominance of the FIA World Endurance Championship (including winning 11 of the last 13 Le Mans 24 Hour races), as well as the American Le Mans Series. For the first time ever, Audi will be facing Porsche at the Le Mans in 2014, which means the car will have to be better than ever to stay at the top, as well as Toyota, who returned to the sport last year.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/15095/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps10000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/cla/202850/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-shooting-brake-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake review

Good looks and stonking performance, if you can stomach the price tag
4 Jul 2020
Visit/skoda/202145/full-2020-skoda-octavia-vrs-engine-range-detailed
Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020
Visit/dodge/challenger/202845/2021-dodge-challenger-srt-super-stock-revealed
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

The ancient Dodge Challenger lives on in new 807bhp widebody form – makes a Shelby GT500 look like a pedal car
3 Jul 2020